Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

August 02, 2004

Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado, 73, an activist and poet who was considered el abuelito -- the granddaddy -- of the Chicano literature movement for pioneering writing that reflected a commitment to social justice and illuminated Latino heritage and struggles, died of liver cancer July 23 in Denver.

One of the first writers to emerge from the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, he was the author of 14 books, most of them self-published. Among the best-known was Chicano: 25 Pieces of a Chicano Mind, published in 1969. His poems were frequently anthologized.

He considered himself a "people's poet," who once said his primary mission was to chronicle Chicano events, victories and defeats from "a poetic perspective absent from newspapers and prose journals."

He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and grew up in a tenement in El Paso, Texas, before moving to California and then Colorado. His time with Cesar Chavez organizing farm workers influenced him, and his views on the bias affecting the advancement of Latinos in the United States were in his work.

David Haight, 97, the eldest member of a high-ranking body of the Mormon church, died of natural causes Saturday, according to a statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

At 69, Mr. Haight was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles -- which is part of the church's top leadership. For years, he oversaw the church's global missionary effort and had been a member of the church's Public Affairs Board, helping in its outreach to other faiths.

He served as mayor of Palo Alto, Calif., in the 1950s but later resigned to serve as president of a Mormon mission in Scotland. He also served as a commander in the Navy during World War II.

Eugene Roche, 75, a paunchy character actor who played the kitchen-cleaning Ajax Man in commercials and had memorable roles in such television shows as All in the Family and Magnum P.I. died Wednesday in Encino, Calif., after suffering a heart attack.

His name might not be familiar to most audiences, but his face surely was. Plump and jovial with glinting eyes, he co-starred on TV's Webster as a lovable landlord, and was Archie Bunker's neighborhood nemesis, Pinky Peterson, on All in the Family.

He also played the curmudgeonly private investigator Luther Gillis on Magnum P.I., the sly attorney E. Ronald Mallu on the sitcom Soap and the newspaper editor Harry Burns on Perfect Strangers.

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